Daily Archives: May 1, 2009

Video Feature: Cattle Facility Aids Production in TN County

Video Feature: Cattle Facility Aids Production in TN County

Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity – generating nearly 600 million dollars each year. One of the states most rural counties is improving its cattle production by building a new handling facility.

Animal Identification, Different Programs with Different Goals

Animal Identification, Different Programs with Different Goals

Justin Sexten, Extension Specialist, Animal Systems/Beef, University of Illinois

The confusion with animal identification seems to increase with each producer meeting designed to provide animal identification information. There are basically two ID program goals. Programs are designed either to share information and increase the value of the animals via documentation (value-added) or to track animal movement and ensure the health of the US livestock herd (NAIS).

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A Partnership to Promote a Cattle Herding Device

A Partnership to Promote a Cattle Herding Device

Dennis O’Brien

Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has agreed to grant a license to a Canadian firm interested in marketing a type of non-wire, virtual fencing technology for cows linked to global positioning.

The Directional Virtual Fencing (DVF) system sends electronic cues to a cow’s ears so that it will move in a preferred direction, according to Dean M. Anderson, an ARS animal scientist at the Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, N.M. 

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Respiratory Illnesses

Respiratory Illnesses

Dr. Charlie Stoltenow, North Dakota State University Extension Veterinarian, Dr. Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Beef Specialist

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is a respiratory disease complex that accounts for a significant portion of cattle/calf losses in the beef industry. This complex is manifested as one entity, bronchopneumonia.

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Calf Scours Management

Calf Scours Management

Ropin the Web

Calf scours can cause a large financial loss to cow-calf producers. With scours, the intestine fails to absorb fluids and/or secretion, and the material is passed into the small and large intestines. These higher fluid levels in the manure result in a watery discharge. Death loss can be upwards of 50% or more in severe episodes. Scours is actually just the symptom of a disease that can be caused by many different bacteria and viruses. Many of the losses caused by scours can be prevented through good management practices.

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FDA Issues Final Guidance for Renderers on Downers

FDA Issues Final Guidance for Renderers on Downers

Beef Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final guidance document, “Small Entities Compliance Guide for Renderers – Substances Prohibited from use in Animal Food or Feed,” to provide guidance on the requirements of the final rule published in the Federal Register of April 25, 2008. This rule will further protect consumers against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), otherwise known as ‘mad cow disease.’

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Spring development of pasture grasses

Spring development of pasture grasses

Roger Gates

SDSU Extension Range Specialist

With the most recent “Earth Day” still a very recent memory, the phrase “suddenly green” may bring to mind very different images among Tri-State area ranchers than it does for more urban Americans. Nonetheless, I’ve been most impressed this year with the rapid response of vegetation to changing growing conditions. In a matter of weeks the landscape has gone from white to green, with very few days of brown intervening.

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